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Major search for missing Central West teenager ends as body is found

Nov 5, 2019

CENTRAL WEST, NSW, Australia – A teenager who had gone missing in the state’s Central West on Saturday, and who was the subject of a major search by police has been found dead.

Natan Darcy, 19, was last seen about 2.30am on Saturday, near Market Street, between Church and Perry Streets at Mudgee.

Police earlier on Tuesday appealed to the Mudgee community and businesses to review CCTV and dashcam footage as they escalated the search.

When he was reported missing officers from Orana Mid Western Police District established Strike Force Alanson to investigate his disappearance and conduct the search to locate him.

Police and Natan’s family held serious concerns for his welfare as he had not been in contact since Saturday and it was considered very out of character that he would disappear of his own accord

Orana Mid Western Police District Acting Crime Manager, Detective Sergeant Joshua Holgate, earlier on Tuesday has issued a statement urging businesses and community members to save and review CCTV and dashcam footage recorded between 1am and 8am on Saturday, which could have contained vital information that would assist in the search.

Officers from Orana Mid Western Police District, with the assistance of specialist resources, located Natan’s body within a building in the Mudgee CBD about 4:20pm Tuesday.

While formal identification is yet to take place, it is believed the body is that of Natan.

Police say that initial inquiries indicate the young man’s death is not suspicious a crime scene has been established where the body was found as police investigate the circumstances surrounding his death.

A report will be prepared for the Coroner, they said.